Life is a Miracle

12/06/2008 at 6:27 pm (books)

I recently finished reading Wendell Berry’s collection of essays titled, “Life is a Miracle: An essay against modern superstition,” and it is a wonderful book.

As I see it, the three main points that Berry dealt with were the superstitions that:

  1. science will solve all our problems,
  2. that new is always better than old,
  3. and that organisms are the same as machines.

The first two aspects I’ve listed are problems that I had identified on my own some time ago. Even still I relished reading Berry’s words concerning them. His work helped to hone my own thoughts on the matter.

The third point, however, is something that I had not named on my own. I think that I would have eventually been able to come to the same conclusion, but I had not yet.

And it is a very important point. It sheds a whole new light on some subjects when you take it into account.

Why do employers treat their employees as expendable? Because the employers view them as nothing more than parts in a machine to be removed and replaced whenever one breaks down.

Why is the automatic solution to a major medical problem usually surgery? Because doctors are trained to think of the human body like a machine. Well that part is malfunctioning, so out it goes.

It is a good book and I highly recommend it. I also recommend you get it from the good folks at Cumberland Books, they are a small business with very reasonable prices and great customer service.

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1 Comment

  1. Brenda said,

    I’ve heard of Wendell Berry, but haven’t yet read any of his books. Those are interesting points he raises. I’ll look into it, thanks for the review.

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